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· February, 2011

Stories about Politics from February, 2011

Iran: A Blogger Who Prayed to See Protesters Beaten

After widespread protests in Iran on February 14, Iranian cyber-activists flooded the internet with videos, photos and tweets from the demonstrations. Meanwhile, a different interpretation of events exists on the...

Peru: Ex-Minister Asked US Embassy to Help Contain Opponent's Presidential Campaign

On February 19th, Spanish newspaper El Pais released a cable stating that "Fernando Rospigliosi, former Minister of the Interior in the government of Alejandro Toledo, asked the assistance of the...

Macedonia: Musings on the Early Elections

The Macedonian public is furiously discussing the justification and timing of the upcoming early elections.

Bahrain: Protests Block National Assembly Building

Anti government protesters on Monday morning blocked the National Council building where both Parliament and the Shura (Consultative) Councils hold their weekly sessions. The reason for the protest in front...

Honduras: Taxi Drivers and Teachers Strike

“La Gringa” blogs about a strike led by teachers and taxi drivers in La Ceiba on February 21. “This was the third national strike of the school year, which only...

France: New Right-Leaning Website Enters the Fray

Atlantico.fr, a new right-leaning website in French modeled on several American web successes (including The Atlantic and Politico) is quickly earning notoriety in France in expectation of what role it...

Haiti: Preventable Suffering

“The earthquake did not kill people. Bad buildings killed people. Lack of medical care killed people. Lack of infrastructure killed people. Lack of caring government officials kill[s] people”: Dying in...

Australia: ‘Tea Party’ Style Campaign Against Carbon Tax

If the Oz blogosphere is any indication, the next Australian Federal election will be a referendum on a proposed climate tax. And the issue has already become nasty and personal....

Cuba: Damas de Blanco Attacked

Bloggers discuss the latest crackdown on Cuban dissidents.

Trinidad & Tobago: The Death Penalty

“Faced with a major problem with serious crime in Trinidad & Tobago, the current government is ( rather predictably) pushing for the reimplementation of the death penalty”: Globewriter is heartened...

Cuba: Watching from Within

“There has not [been] enough coverage or information to even begin to address the complexity of these events and the numberless perspectives interpreting them”: Graham Sowa blogs at Havana Times...

Cuba: The Day Zapata Died

Iván's File Cabinet remembers the day that hunger striker and prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo died.

Turks & Caicos, Barbados: Disappearing Blog

The tcipost blog “disappeared overnight without notice”; Barbados Free Press comes to the rescue.

Jamaica: Nothing for the Youth?

“We too busy having dramatic, Days-of-our-lives type enquiries to stop for a minute and realise that this year, more than any other year to date, is all about us. It's...

Singapore: Human rights record

Spotlight on Singapore compares the human rights record of Singapore with Hong Kong and comments that Singapore is trailing in the area of political freedom.

Malaysia: Rally against ‘racist’ book

A rally was held by Malaysian Indians in Kuala Lumpur to protest the continuing use of Interlok novel in schools. The controversial book, according to protesters, discriminates against the Indian...

Oman: Protests Continue in Sohar

The waves of Arab revolt have reached the shores of Oman as hundreds of Omanis take to the streets in calls for reform and the end of corruption in different...

Ukraine: Choosing to Leave

With Ukraine hit hard by the economic crisis and most citizens disappointed with the overall economic and political situation, more and more discussions about emigration alternatives have been appearing online....

Central African Republic: Are citizens better off without elections

Louisa writes a report about elections in the Central African Republic: Though it would be an overstatement to say that Central Africans would be better off without elections, it is...

Africa: Let's Talk About African Governments

lgazissax discusses African governments: “The uprisings in northern Africa and the Middle East had gotten me wondering about certain things I’d read about problems of African government in general, and...

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